People have been talking about mobile dating apps for quite some time now.
If you are single and looking, it’s a conversation worth having--there are tons of singles on dating apps that have found the One—even if it’s just the One for a while—through dating apps. Any dating app can potentially help you find someone else worth knowing, even Tinder--though I doubt that will work for most singles. Of course, I have been pretty vocal about that.
So how's a single to know which app is worth a download and which is just a
waste of battery?
I'll be honest: I’ve done my homework on dating apps for the single clients I coach. I also did some techie research as a judge at The Data of Love Pitch Night last spring. Full disclosure, somewhere between the breakup that prompted my book and the present moment, I've dabbled in a dating app or two for personal reasons. (No, I’ve never met anyone from Tinder!) Without further ado, here are three dating apps that get my stamp of approval and the reasons I recommend them to singles.
No stranger to Hinge, I blogged about three ways to quickly and successfully find your match on Hinge about a year ago. I still think Hinge is one of the best apps out there for relationship-oriented men and women. My favorite thing about Hinge is the “no rando policy.” I like that the app only connects you with Facebook friends or people who know your Facebook friends and their friends. After all, doing your homework never hurts in the dating world.
One of the main reasons I am really digging this new and super unique dating app is because it is based on users uploading authentic pictures and videos that correspond with hashtags, prompting you to show off your personality and not just your appearance. Instead of mind-numbing small talk with strangers via text that teaches you virtually nothing about them, you can start a more engaging conversation based on photos that relate to things like fitness, food, and more. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. It's nice to see an app that is swimming against the current and bringing some authenticity and personality to the online dating world, because a lasting love is based on a whole lot more than just looks.
Maybe I've seen too many romantic comedies, but there is still something romantic to me about meeting someone in person. Or, umm, sort of in person when it comes to Happn. I’ll admit, I was reluctant at first, because Happn is pretty much Tinder's first cousin, but there are differences between the two that make Happn more appealing. For me, it’s all about the fact that Happn lets you interact with people that you've recently crossed paths with on the street. Being on Happn makes life more exciting--even a walk to buy milk at the grocery store becomes an adventure when you have the possibility of stumbling upon a cute single on Happn.
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